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Partnership

Journey has worked in partnership with international organizations, and government agencies on a wide array of programs aimed at increasing awareness and providing services for one of the key populations most at risk for HIV/AIDS in the Maldives. Most notably, Journey served as a key implementing partner for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) project from 2007-2012, where Journey trained over 195 peer educators on substance and HIV prevention, advocated for conducive environment for drugs and HIV prevention amongst parliamentarians and lawmakers, as well as established the first Drop-In Centre for drug users and Injecting Drug Users in the Journey premises. In partnership with UNODC, Journey trained and mentored newly formed NGOs and community based organizations in various islands on NGO management, funds management and community based drug prevention efforts. Additionally, from 2010 – 2012, in partnership with UNDP, Journey provided Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) services for Most At Risk marginalized populations in the Maldives; and from 2012 onwards the VCT service is provided by the support of AFTF. Journey field experts and volunteers have visited over 80 per cent of the atolls in the Maldives over the past decade, and has conducted various projects, including outreach, awareness, and training activities of managing NGOs and funds, and built alliances with local community leaders and organizations in the effort in creating a tolerant educated community towards handling vulnerable behaviors.